It was here, at Château de Malmaison, situated in Rueil-Malmaison, about 7 miles from Paris, that a style was born. It was the former home of Joséphine de Beauharnais, serving for a couple of years as the headquarters of the French government during the reign of Napoléon I of France. The extensive renovations were done by Joséphine's most favorite architects, Percier and Fontaine, who transformed the
What a jewel. In a recently-restored 1925 building in Basel by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, situated this bar/brasserie. The building, Volkshaus Basel, once a concert hall lost, lost its original luster during a 70’s renovation. But now, with the use of bentwood furniture based on the original Volkshaus models, black-and-white palette, and fantastic wallpaper depicting Baroque etchings in the bathrooms, the entire space hark back to the early days of Basel.